There is nothing else better than to be able to do what you want and then get paid for it. While it’s nice to have a dream job, it’s also hard to wake up to the reality of the choice you made when you went to college. And for those who are just fresh out of school, real life begins when browsing job postings.
Everyone needs to survive and make ends meet. While the average man makes a living out of the minimum wage, there are also some who want to make it big someday by excelling in their job and eventually making enough money to start a family and plan for retirement.
Before anything else, let’s take a look at how you can prepare for your next (or first) job interview. Before sending your CV into the resume black hole, take the time to think about the job that you want.
BEFORE YOU APPLY
While it is essential for you to get the job that you’ve always wanted, consider your educational background. Most job listings have minimum job qualifications. Some also consider lowering the educational requirement in exchange for work experience. Take the time to find a job that matches your skill set and background.
Make sure to write a good and straightforward resume. Take time to review your details and state them accurately and professionally. A poorly written resume won’t get a second glance from a hiring manager. A good cover letter will also be a tremendous help.
Take the time to read the company profile. This will increase your knowledge about the company and will significantly help you during the interview. Also, be aware of state labor laws. Some states have clear statutes on “right to work” or “employment at will,” but that’s not the case in some countries where there are no clear ordinances on the matter. You might end up consulting an employment law attorney after landing a job.
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
Practice answering the obvious questions in your head over and over again. For questions about your previous jobs, remember to NEVER discredit your earlier employers by saying bad things about them. Questions requiring you to look forward into the future is best answered with visions of you still working with the company at a higher position.
DURING THE INTERVIEW
First impressions last. It’s a cliché, but it’s true. You don’t need to be dressed to kill, but looking professional and arriving on time are crucial. Be courteous with everyone you meet inside the building. You won’t even know if the person whom you met in the elevator is your interviewer.
Remember to maintain eye contact and mind your body language. Most hiring managers are trained to read body language and can spot a lie after only a few sentences. Always be straightforward and be subtle in trying to impress the interviewer. Avoid unrelated topics that can ruin the rapport. Always try to relate skill-related questions to those of your own and gear them toward the needs of the job. Finally, remember to thank the interviewer and give a firm handshake to show that you mean business.
AFTER THE INTERVIEW
Most applicants feel anxious after the interview. On average, most companies take their time in processing applications. Keep in mind that there are people who need to meet regarding your application.
Don’t forget to send a thank-you e-mail to the hiring manager a few days after your interview. This is a professional gesture, and it serves a reminder that you are still waiting for their decision.
Before contemplating quitting your current job, take the time to remember how hard it was to land where you are now. A good company will consider trying to win back an unhappy employee instead of hiring a new one since it costs more to do the latter. Always remember to make the job work for you by having a positive outlook.